On Thursday students linked to the opposition Nepali Congress party protested outside the Indian embassy in Kathmandu blaming India of illegally occupying its land.On Thursday, students linked to the opposition Nepali Congress party protested outside the Indian embassy in Kathmandu carrying signs that read Back Off India, to protest against the map bringing back the memory of anti-India protests in the wake of the 2015 border blockade imposed by India.
Nepalese took to social media backing their government’s claim that Kalapani a 35 square-kilometres area in Nepal’s far-western region belonged to the landlocked Himalayan nation with hashtags BackoffIndia & Kalapani trending on Twitter.Once serving as a trade route between India what is now southwestern China the strategic area was occupied by India after New Delhi withdrew its border forces following its war with China in 1962 according to Buddhi Narayan Shrestha former director general of Nepal’s Survey Department.
Kalapani is the land of Nepal & our party stands firm on this conviction.India is continuously trying to settle this issue but we won’t go back in our claim.
NARAYAN KAJI SHRESTHA, SPOKESMAN OF THE RULING NEPAL COMMUNIST PARTY end The Nepal government firmly believes that the Kalapani is a part of Nepal Nepal’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement on Wednesday.
However, a spokesman of India’s Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) claimed the region was part of India.